How to soft sculpt muscles for the more..er...um...manly plush doll...
OK so... I know Haiku kinda looks like a girl...which we can all blame Gackt for because he was the inspiration for Haiku. (Damn it, Gackt, why you so pretty?)ANYWAY -- it came to a problem... how do I... un-chick my plushie? Give him rock hard pecs/abs of course!!!
Because I obsessively take pictures of my progress anyway, I figured I'd share it and make a tutorial. Please enjoy!
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Now go up and make the shoulders. Don't go through the other side on this one, just start at the lower of the two points you marked on the upper back and 'make a line' (and when I say this I mean don't hide the thread, keep it on the outside of the plush) to the upper point you marked. This will give us shoulder blades later when we finish the pecs and attach the arms.
Making the bottom of the chest is a bit tricky. Go to the points you marked at the bottom of the bust line and anchor the thread on the left. Then lead it to the middle, making a line over the fabric, anchor in the middle, make a line to the right and anchor again on the right side.
Warning: DON'T PULL TOO TIGHT OR YOU'LL END UP WITH MOOBS.
Making the pelvis is hard at first because if you go too low, you pinch everything together and it makes it that much harder to attach the legs... so even in your anchors and lines.... don't pull too tight.
I always have a habit of going right to left and I make the pits of the pelvic area first.
When you want to anchor your pelvic lines, do it on the back side so that way it creates a nice little rump. You can anchor the thread in that previous anchor you created when you made the small of the back. Draw a line with the thread over the fabric and this is the only time you can pull tight. The tighter the line, the ... sharper the cleft... in the cheeks.
Remember all the red pins? Just anchor those points by passing the thread under the skin from right to left. This thread stays under the skin without drawing lines. BUT... the blue marks... as the picture indicates here, this is where you'll have the fabric pass over the skin as you anchor the points. These two anchoring techniques combined create muscles in the skin.
So this is what you should have!
Hopefully I did a good job explaining it. I do have more pictures of the steps available so if anyone really wants to learn how to do this but can't makes heads or tails of my ranty instructions just drop me a message. I'll be happy to share my bonus pics and explain maybe... better... if I can. <3